Rose Confidential

Roses are having their moment right now – and for good reason.

With a high oil content and strong, soothing fragrance, rose-based products are finding their way into many spas and households.
Rosewater is undoubtedly beauty’s magic potion, and it is remarkably versatile. Whether a spa client has oily, dry or combination skin, rosewater can easily be added to their beauty regimen. The natural properties of rosewater work to slow the production of oil and eliminate excess from the skin while helping to maintain its natural pH balance. This is good news for anyone prone to clogged pores, acne, rosacea, dermatitis or eczema. Due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, rosewater also helps to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues, which aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds. Better yet, this powerful potion will also diminish fine lines and wrinkles while toning, lifting and improving skin’s overall texture. It helps to hydrate, revitalise and moisturise skin, giving it a youthful and refreshed look.
But rosewater doesn’t just benefit the skin. The natural scent of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer and can help remedy anxiety, depression and stress. Its calming fragrance will promote overall relaxation and well-being – what’s not to love about that?

How and when should spa clients use rosewater?

Toning: Because of its astringent-like properties, rosewater will help cleanse pores and tone the skin. Spa clients can wet a soft cotton ball with chilled rosewater and dab it on clean skin or use a spray bottle to spritz rosewater on their face. Using rosewater as a facial toner at night is effective in clearing any impurities the skin has collected throughout the day. Applying rosewater to the skin after steaming will tighten capillaries, reducing blotchiness and redness.

Eye treatment: If a client has tired, inflamed eyes, you can suggest that they soak cotton pads in chilled rosewater and apply them directly to the eyes or the skin directly under the eyes. This will help reduce puffiness under the eyes and get rid of redness.

Makeup remover: Rosewater is a natural makeup remover. Add a few drops of coconut oil to rosewater on a cotton pad and cleanse the face. The mixture will wipe away makeup while nourishing the skin. Another tip: Rosewater can also be sprayed over makeup to work as a makeup-setting product and the mist will leave the face radiant and refreshed.

Pampering: Mix rosewater with coconut oil or any regular lotion for a luxurious body moisturiser. Rosewater can also be added to a bath for a soothing aromatherapy treatment.

Now, add ice
You know that rosy-cheeked glow you get on a chilly day? Well, that healthy, out-of-the-cold look is exactly what your spa client will see after they try icing, a beauty technique that can alleviate skin issues like enlarged pores, wrinkles, acne, tired eyes, and excess oil.

Spa clients can try icing at home by using a soft cloth with two ice cubes tied up in it and massaging their face until the ice completely melts. This will immediately tighten up the skin and reduce the size of enlarged pores. Ice can be added to a daily beauty regimen to increase the circulation of blood to the face. Better blood circulation will help to achieve that natural and healthy glow, as well as prevent premature aging and wrinkles. You might want to recommend that a client tries icing before heading out on the town. Icing before makeup application will help it last longer. It’s also a great way to revive tired skin. When a client is looking or feeling tired, placing two ice cubes over the eyelids soothes and relieves puffy eyes. This method is more effective than cucumber slices and will fade dark under eye circles significantly.
If a client tends to pick at their skin, icing can be a great way to curb this bad habit and offers an alternative solution for acne, blackheads and stubborn blemishes. Placing an ice cube over the affected area will reduce redness and swelling, providing some relief. If a client is pressed for time in the morning or on their way out, they can grab an ice cube before they leave the house. Gliding it gently over the face will produce a dewy, radiant look in an instant, even without any makeup.

How do you bring rosewater and ice together?
Simply put: cleanse the face, spritz with rosewater and ice away! Alternatively, spa clients can combine the healing properties of both these beauty methods with a visit to the spa. With so many compelling reasons to use rosewater and ice, Sweetgrass Spa was inspired to launch the Rosewater Ice Facial. It begins with a double cleanse, an exfoliation and extractions followed by a rosewater mist and a relaxing scalp massage. The soothing scent of roses will act as a powerful stress-reliever, while hydrating and healing the skin. Next up, a customized face mask and massage using the surface of an ice globe containing cool, magnetized water will calm the skin, reduce swelling and irritation, and promote collagen production.
And just like that, the secret to fabulous skin is revealed!

Author: Monique Joustra is the Spa Director at Sweetgrass Spa in Toronto and has nearly two decades of successful spa management experience at luxury spas, fine hotels and medical spas. She has studied and worked throughout North America, beginning with her undergraduate education in Business Administration and Kinesiology in Hawaii. With a range of massage and esthetic certifications to her credit, Monique has created an outstanding customer service experience with extremely qualified teams of spa therapists.



Author: Monique Joustra | Winter 2016/2017